Kyle Marcelli hails from Ontario, Canada, and has become a familiar face on podiums across the globe following his rookie debut in the American Le Mans Series in 2010. During this three-year series, he built a reputation of being a consistent frontrunner earning six pole positions, six wins, and eighteen podiums. Since then, Kyle has been part of successful programs both in Prototype and GT in a number of series, including the European Le Mans Series, the Grand Am Rolex SportsCar Series, the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and the Pirelli World Challenge.
Kyle became an ambassador of Race for RP in 2016, joining in events on and off the track in support of Race for RP’s mission to drive awareness about relapsing polychondritis (“RP”), accelerate medical research, and ultimately, find a cure for this rare autoimmune disease.
In 2017, the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA) and Marcelli Motorsports teamed up for a sponsorship program for the Detroit Grand Prix. As a result, Kyle raced the #96 AARDA / RP Chevrolet Camaro for Fields Racing Team in the Trans Am race in June 2017.
In 2018, as an ambassador for Race for RP and AARDA, Kyle and his co-driver, Nate Stacy, won back-to-back races at Sebring and Mid-Ohio in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge. Also at Mid-Ohio in 2018, AARDA, the Allegheny Health Network’s (AHN) Autoimmunity Institute and Race for RP teamed up to sponsor 3GT Racing’s #14 Lexus RC F GT3 which Kyle and his co-driver, Dominik Baumann, drove to victory in the GTD class in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
2019 saw Marcelli behind the wheel of KohR Motorsports’ #60 Ford Mustang GT4 as well as the Racers Edge Motorsports #80 Acura NSX GT3. Kyle and team went on to earn two pole positions, three wins, nine podiums, and the GT World Challenge America Pro-Am series Driver’s Championship title. Kyle was also awarded the Champion Award from AARDA for his advocacy work and contributions to the collaboration of AARDA, AHN, the Relapsing Polychondritis Foundation, and Race for RP.
During 2020’s uncertain and shortened season, Marcelli and Stacy piloted the KohR Motorsports #60 Aston Martin Vantage GT4 to a top five finish at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona and earned P2 podium finishes at both Sebring and Road America. Kyle also pushed the Racers Edge #80 Acura NSX GT3 to a win and a second-place finish for himself and co-driver Martin Barkey at VIR. Marcelli and Stacy finished the season with a breakthrough win at the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge doubleheader, sweeping qualifying and the top honors of both races, ending the season with a total of 6 podium finishes, 4 poles, 2 wins and the overall IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge GS Championship title.
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Jeff Westphal started his racing career with no prior experience when he was hired at a local indoor go-cart track in 2004. After impressing the staff at that facility, his boss sponsored him in the 2004 Redbull® Driver Search Runoffs. Instead of pursuing go-karting, Jeff began racing in the Jim Russell Racing School of Infineon Raceway in 2006, finishing in the top five in 14 of his 17 races in his rookie season and finishing third in the championship
Since then, Jeff has competed in the F2000 Championship, setting the win record for the series with PR1 Motorsports, won Grand Am Rolex Races, Redline & Global Time Attack Championships Unlimited class for GST Motorsport (9 track records), as well as wins in IMSA Weathertech championship and abroad in Germany’s GT3 championship VLN. Jeff was also the first (and only) American driver to qualify on the pole for the 24HRs of Nurburgring, and most recently won the inaugural California 8Hrs. He continued to race with SCG003c in GT3, Peregrine Racing and Rearden Racing in GT4, as well as compete in Global Time Attack while mentoring aspiring drivers all over the country.
In 2018, Jeff joined co-driver Tyler McQuarrie in piloting the Carbahn Motorsports / Peregrine Racing No. 39 Audi R8 GT4 LMS in the IMSA Continental SportsCar Challenge, with three top 5 finishes (Road Atlanta, Road America and Watkins Glen) and a podium P3 finish at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
In 2019 Jeff Westphal and Tyler McQuarrie entered for a full season in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, once again co-driving the CarBahn Motorsports with Peregrine Racing No. 39 Audi R8 LMS GT4. The team started off strong with an impressive showing at Daytona, followed by a P1 at Sebring. The duo went on to claim another 5 podium finishes, including P3-Mid-Ohio, P3-Watkins Glen, P2-Lime-Rock, P2-VIR and P2-Laguna Seca, and were crowned the GS Champions for the 2019 season.
In addition to racing in the Michelin Pilot Challenge, Jeff joined Cooper MacNeil and Toni Vilander co-driving the Scuderia Corsa No. 63 Ferrari 488 GT3 in the Michelin Endurance Cup, a series within the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship comprised of the four longer endurance races; Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring, 6 Hours of the Glen and the Motul Petite Le Mans at Road Atlanta.
In 2020, Jeff and Tyler returned to defend their Championship in the Michelin Pilot Challenge and finished 2nd overall in the Championship standings. Jeff also joined his Scuderia Corsa teammates, Cooper MacNeil, Toni Vilander and Alessandro Balzan, co-driving the No. 63 Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo in the four longer endurance races of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. In addition, Jeff also competed in the Blancpain GT World Challenge America with Vital Speed Motorsports, co-driving the No. 8 Ferrari 488 GT3 with Trevor Baek.
In 2021, Jeff once again joins Peregrine Racing as the team steps up a class into GTD for the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Sprint Cup Series, co-driving the No. 39 Audi R8 LMS GT3. This year, Jeff is also co-driving the No. 888 Rearden Racing Audi R8 GT4 in the Pirelli GT4 America Series.
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Jon Morley fell in love with driving and speed at an early age. He honed his craft on his big-wheel and golf carts before finally getting into a proper racing kart at age 14. His family was living in Japan at the time, so Morley actually started his racing career on the same circuit as former F1 driver Kamui Kobayashi. Once his family moved back to the United States, Morley got serious about his karting and started winning races at the regional and national level.
An advertisement in Racer magazine led him to the Skip Barber Racing School, where he would ultimately do the bulk of his early racing in open wheel cars. Similar to karting, he won races at the regional and national level, which led to the biggest award of his young career, the Skip Barber “Big Scholarship”. The coveted scholarship was won the prior year by now-Indy Car Champion Ryan Hunter-Reay and was a huge prize for any up and coming driver. It provided a free season in the Barber Dodge Pro Series, which Morley contested in 2001. He scored one podium, three top-5’s and narrowly missed out on the Rookie Of The Year championship, falling from the lead to second at the final race of the year.
After the Barber Dodge Pro Series, Morley briefly tried his hand at stock car racing in the ARCA series, before settling into endurance sports cars where he still competes today. He can be found racing in the TCR class of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge in the #61 Simply Vegas Audi RS3.
When he isn’t racing, Morley keeps a busy schedule coaching other aspiring drivers and running his golf league, the Mediocre Golf Association.
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Ross Kaiser is a professional British racing driver who resides outside of London. Ross began racing karts in 1991 at the age of 8. By the time he was 16 years old, Ross competed in his first season of club level car racing. In 1999, Ross won the British Formula Ford 2000 Class C Championship. In 2001, he raced in the Formula Ford Zetec championship series. After moving from single seat racings to sports car racing, Ross won the Radical Bi Duro Championship and Radical Pro-sport Championship in 2003 and 2004, respectively. In 2006, Ross competed in the European Ferrari Challenge taking two pole positions – at the first round at Silverstone and world finals at Monza – and finishing on the podium five times, including a win at Paul Ricard.
In 2009, Ross began a long-term relationship with 360 Racing. Driving a Radical SR8, Ross and his teammate, Terrence Woodward, won the Radical European Masters Championship in 2010, 2012 and 2015. Ross won the Sunoco Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona Challenge in 2010 and raced in the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2011. Since 2016, Ross has driven for 360 Racing in the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) in the LMP3 category, where he has earned 2 pole positions, 4 podiums, and a race win at the final round of the 2019 season at Portimão.
Jon Miller is a championship winning driver and coach, with over a decade of experience in professional sports car racing. After a brief introduction to motorsports in karting, he began racing in the Skip Barber Formula Dodge series in 2003. Jon earned victories at Lime Rock Park, Barber Motorsports Park, Moroso and Sebring in his first year of competition. After two seasons cutting his teeth in the formula car ranks, Jon followed an opportunity in GT and Touring Car racing, working towards competing at the 24 hours of Daytona and Le Mans. In 2006, while finishing a Political Science degree at The University of Central Florida, Miller made his debut in the Grand Am Cup (IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge), scoring multiple podiums and narrowly missing out on the GS championship on 2008.
In 2019, Jon won the SRO America GT4 SprintX Championship driving a BMW M4 GT4 for ST Racing. He is a regular competitor in IMSA, SRO America, the NLS (VLN) at the Nurburgring and the Creventic 24H Endurance Championship. In 2019, Jon won the COTA 24 hour race in a BMW M4 GT4 with RHC Jorgensen/Strom Motorsports. In 2020, Jon completed his third full season with ST Racing in the GT4 America championship, helping secure the Team Championship and earning P3 in the Silver championship alongside his co-driver, Samantha Tan. Jon continues to compete at the highest levels, pursuing his goal of winning championships and the world’s major endurance races. Originally from South Florida, Jon graduated from the University of Central Florida and now resides in Orange County, California with his wife and two sons.
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Alessandro Balzan is a multi-class champion race car driver from Rovigo, Italy, whose love for motorsports started young, from following Formula One racing with his father and uncle to go-kart racing alongside his brother at age nine. He collected multiple national and international karting trophies, including wins at the 1996 Italian Karting Championships and the European Karting Championship and Industries International Karting Trophy in 1997.
In 1998, he made his auto racing debut and came in 6th in the Italian Formula Renault Elf Campus Championship with 2 race wins, and he continued competing in the Italian Renault Mègane Sport Cup series with a 2nd place best finish in the second race of the Mègane Italian Renault Winter Series the following year.
In 2000, he finished the season fourth in points in the Renault Clio V6 Euro Cup, earned his first championship in the Italian Renault Clio Cup Winter Series in 2001, and in 2002, won his second title with the Italian Alfa 147 cup.
Balzan joined the European Touring Car Championship next, piloting an Alfa Romeo for the Bigazzi Team in 2003 and a Honda for JAS Motorsports in 2004, and followed with driving in the Italian Superturismo Championship in 2005 and 2006. 2005 also saw him competing through five rounds in the inaugural season of the World Touring Car Championship for Scuderia del Girasole in a SEAT Toledo, with an eleventh-place best finish in round two of the opening event at Monza. He returned the following year in an Alfa Romeo 156 for DB Motorsport in the opening four rounds and achieved a fourth-place finish in race two at Monza.
A successful streak found Balzan the winner of the Porsche Carrera Cup Italia from 2009-2011, the European Ferrari 458 Challenge Championship Trofeo Pirelli, the World Ferrari 458 Challenge Championship Trofeo Pirelli, 6 Hours of Vallelunga 458 GT2 in 2012, and the Grand AM Championship Ferrari 458 Italia Grand-Am in 2013.
2014 saw him stateside with wins in Detroit and Indianapolis in the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship, Ferrari 458 GT3 class, and he sped on with appearances at the 2015 International GT Open, with a win at Paul Ricard, and the Pirelli World Challenge, with a win at Laguna Seca.
In 2016, Balzan was triumphant at the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship in the Ferrari 488 GTD class, the North American Endurance Championship, the 12 Hours of Sebring, and the 6 Hours of Watkins Glen, and he earned more wins at the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship and the Laguna Seca Grand Prix in 2017. With a second place podium finish at the 12 Hours of Sebring in 2018, he moved to the Ferrari 488 EVO GT3 class for the Italian GT Endurance Championship and the SRO Blancpain America GT in 2019.
During 2020’s shortened season, Balzan competed in the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, helped pilot the No. 1 Squadra Corse Ferrari 488 GT3 with Martin Fuentes and Mark Issa to a P2 Pro/Am finish in the Indianapolis 8 Hour, and then joined Cooper MacNeil and Jeff Westphal to win Scuderia Corsa its second Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta with the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The trio then went on to earn a P4 GTD finish at 12 Hours of Sebring in the No. 63 WeatherTech Racing Ferrari GT3 EVO, and Balzan ended the year with MacNeil competing in the Hyundai Monterey Sports Car Championship at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
In 2021, Balzan finished P1 in class at the GT Challenge de las Américas at Autódromo La Guácima in Costa Rica with NGT Motorsports.
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Mia has been around and worked with cars her entire life, starting her career with Volvo back home in Sweden at 19 years of age. She held a number of positions including as a car builder before training and becoming a Manufacturing Engineer in the early 90’s.
In the mid 90’s she went to work for TWR (Tom Walkinshaw Racing) as an engineer where eventually she ended up leading a small team of Manufacturing Engineers and amongst other things built the process and factory to build and assemble the Renault Clio V6 before retiring to accompany and supporting her husband in his Automotive career.
Having always dreamt of motor racing as a young girl but unable to afford the time and money at the time, her dream was about to become reality when her husband suggested they start racing historic cars together as a hobby. They did their first race together at Silverstone in 2014 sharing a 1963 Lotus Elan in Classic K CSCC. Mia and her husband still race historic cars together and have enjoyed many class wins including at Spa.
In the same year (2014) Mia had the opportunity to do a track day in a McLaren 650S and after impressing her professional driver coach with her driving, decided to sign up for a Performance Academy session with McLaren. This was the beginning of what is now Flewitt Racing. Mia went from strength to strength and did her first McLaren 570S GT4 race in September 2017 finishing 4th. In 2018 she entered the newly established FIA Pure McLaren GT Series Championship where she competed all over Europe winning 5 out of 12 races and finishing on the podium in 6 of the remaining 7 races, taking the overall championship top spot for 2018.
In 2019 Mia returned to the FIA Pure McLaren GT Series Championship to defend her title, and did so in dramatic fashion, clinching the series championship at Bahrain International Circuit. Mia is the reigning 2019 FIA Pure McLaren GT Series Champion. In addition, Mia entered into three British GT Championship series events to broaden her experience and get used to racing big grids (40+ cars) where she excelled and came away with the class win at each event. To finish the 2019 season, in December Mia took home a P2 Class finish with Balfe Motorsports in the Gulf 12 Hours in Abu Dhabi Mia.
In 2020, Mia will join the highly anticipated McLaren 570S GT4 three-car entry in the British GT Championship series with Balfe Motorsports, teaming up with recently announced McLaren factory driver and ace, Euan Hankey, for the full season in the Pro/Am class. Mia and Flewitt Racing will be competing for the championship win.
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Neil Langberg drives the No. 153 Ferrari 488 Challenge car with the Scuderia Corsa team in the Ferrari North America Challenge series and the No. 53 McLaren 570 S GT4 in the international PURE McLaren GT Series.
Neil Langberg debuted in the Ferrari Challenge in Daytona in 2016 and the PURE McLaren GT series in Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium in 2018
Neil was always fascinated with performance vehicles. He started off driving BMWs, graduated to Porsches for many years until his wife, Nancy, suggested he test drive a Ferrari. Soon after getting behind the wheel, he knew going to become a race car driver. Under the driver development program, Neil began competing in Challenge races and continued to grow as an amateur driver under the instruction of top professional drivers. Subsequently, Neil joined the McLaren program too.
Today, Neil and the No. 153 Race for RP Ferrari 488 Challenge car are regular fixtures on the North America circuit. In June 2018, Neil Langberg took his first podium in Coppa Shell Am when Scuderia Corsa celebrated its 100th team win during the Ferrari Challenge weekend at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal in the backdrop of the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix — one of the largest attended motorsports events in the world.
In 2019, Neil raced in the PURE McLaren GT series at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, Hungaroring in Hungary, Silverstone in the United Kingdom, Hockenheimring in Germany, and Bahrain International Circuit.
He was extremely pleased to be selected by his racing peers as the Pure McLaren Driver of the Year for qualities that best represent the series: sportsmanship, camaraderie, and dedication.
Neil is passionate about raising awareness for relapsing polychondritis and he is committed, on and off the track, to help accelerate research to find a cure.
Neil Langberg Awarded Pure McLaren GT Series Driver of the Year
Brian Linn is the first racer to enter a single race car in two classes at the Sports Car Club of America’s (SCCA) annual Runoffs and finish second both times. Both drives were outstanding efforts against defending National Champions and were enough to earn him the Road Racing Drivers Club’s Mark Donohue Award for 2007. The award, presented by the RRDC for outstanding performance, sportsmanship and competitiveness at the SCCA Runoffs held at Heartland Park Topeka in Kansas, is named for the late Mark Donohue, the American road racing legend and 1967 President of the RRDC.
In 2016 Brian raced a 1972 MG Midget in both HP and FP at the SCCA Runoffs. Running in two classes, with one car, is no easy feat. That culminated in earning the Sunoco Hard Charger Award in FP and then the SCCA President’s Cup award for the best performance at the Runoffs. Brian has raced since his teens in cars including a Sprite, Spec Miata, Lotus 7, Honda CRX, and his MG Midget. Brian is also a talented artist who creats digital paintings of automobiles and race cars in his spare time.
Linn’s father, Jim Linn, started racing a Bugeye Sprite in the late 60’s. After trips to the Runoffs in ’79 and ’80 where Jim Linn raced, Brian began dreaming of winning his own championship. His first racing experience came in 1985 when his mother bought him entry in an SCCA Drivers School as a high school graduation present.
Jim Linn, eponymous founder of Linnspeed Racing, was born in Cincinnati, OH, but lit out for Southern California just as soon as he had a college degree in his back pocket. His racing career began in the early 1960’s with slalom events in the Hollywood Bowl parking lot, expanding quickly to track racing (“More time in the car,” he says) under the auspices of the SCCA. During the years that Jim successfully raced his Austin Healey Sprite in Cal Club’s H Production class, he also made a name for himself in the fabrication of fiberglass body parts – most famously, Bugeye bonnets – all while holding down his day job as a laser physicist. In the 1980’s, Jim and racing partner Tony Clifford competed in the Renault Alliance Cup. Later in that same decade, son Brian Linn joined Jim in SCCA regional racing, eventually carrying the torch of Linnspeed to two National Championships and multiple accolades, including the Mark Donohue Award and the President’s Cup.
Michele “Chef Mike”
Chef Mike Aliotta drives the unmistakable black Fiat 500 Abarth representing Race for RP on the streets of southern California. Chef Mike has been part of the Race for RP program since its inception. Wherever he goes, Chef Mike is an avid and effective driver of relapsing polychondritis and autoimmune disease awareness.
In 2014, Chef Mike graciously provided exceptional catering services during the production of our cornerstone documentary, “RP The Ride of My Life,” as well as at the 2015 premiere of the film at Ferrari of South Bay. Since then, Chef Mike has continued to be a fantastic partner, having catered three AARDA Los Angeles Autoimmune Walks, hosted two fabulous cooking classes for members of the extended Ferrari Scuderia Corsa family, and much more.
Chef Mike founded Aliotta’s Via Firenze in Torrance, CA in 1999 where he puts a unique emphasis on a selection of the highest quality, whole food ingredients prepared to the customers preference to deliver an authentic homemade taste. Owner and staff are highly regarded and in demand for their genuine approach and ability to curate truly memorable dining experiences for their clientele.
Visit http://www.aliottas.com for more information. Mention Race for RP and Chef Mike will be delighted to greet you.
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